Archives Collection Spotlight

MARTHA THOMAS FITZGERALD PAPERS, 1909-1981, nd (Accession 273)

Martha Thomas Fitzgerald (1895-1981) was a Winthrop graduate in 1916 and a prominent South Carolina educator and politician. The collection consists of biographical data, correspondence, minutes, newspaper clippings, memoranda, reports, and photographs. The collection pertains to Mrs. Fitzgerald’s work with the South Carolina Department of Education, the South Carolina House of Representatives, and her work with various civic organizations such as the Altrusa Club, the League of Women Voters, the Daughters of American Colonists, United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC), Business and Professional Women’s Club (BPW), Delta Kappa Gamma, South Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation, and the Salvation Army. There is also information on the Status of Women Commission Council on Aging, agriculture, Queens College, University of South Carolina, Winthrop University, Columbia University, public health, South Carolina history, City of Columbia, South Carolina, and Richland County, South Carolina. Correspondents include Strom Thurmond and three letters from John F. Kennedy when he was senator. Mrs. Fitzgerald was the first woman elected to the South Carolina House of Representatives in a general election.

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